Are We Having Fun Yet?
Yes, this sucks. People are getting sick and some are dying. Others are getting laid off or furloughed. The stock market is making us seasick and the economy is tanking. We are all scared, confused, mad, depressed and there seems to be no end in sight.
This attack of the Corona-virus is having a major effect on the mental health of the planet. Even if you don’t get sick, you feel it in your gut. You may wake up in the middle of the night thinking about it. Face Time helps with family separation, but it’s not the same as getting the hugs we need.
One of the many tough parts about staying confined to our homes all day is that you have plenty of time to watch the news and dwell on the current events. Besides washing your hands until they bleed and running commando missions for TP, there doesn’t seem anything we can do about it.
We Do Have Options
We all have more time on our hands considering we’re not commuting to work, not going out to lunch or not BS-ing about the Tiger King at the office.
Let’s Not Limp Through This Corona-Virus TimeJB
Here’s a thought; let’s not limp through this Corona-virus time. Why not set a goal for this to be a period of learning something new. Make it a time to challenge yourself to discover a skill that’s sleeping inside you right now. Our devices don’t have to just be the deliverer of Corona statistics and Netflix. There are a ton of online learning resources to take advantage of.
There are paid sites like MasterClass, Coursera, Udemy and Skillshare that offer courses in painting, drawing, all sorts of tech classes, cribbage, knitting, music, cooking, dog training, photography, finance, creative writing and a ton more. On top of that, there are a lot of free classes on YouTube. If you want some deep fun, the Khan Academy offers a full range of STEM courses. After spending an hour with my 10-year-old grandson trying to help him with his math homework a month ago, I went to Khan to brush up on my skills. It also has courses in personal finance, economics, and career exploration.
Your Corona Mission
So what will your Corona Mission be? What could you learn if you spend 30 to 60 minutes a day for the few weeks? Is there something you did as a kid that you would like another shot at? Take time to go through the resources I listed and see if there is something that excites you. Then create a schedule that you will commit to every day to sit down and learn. In 30 days you just might be pretty good at something new.
Stay healthy and safe and good luck to everybody.JB